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Colette McBeth , Penelope Rawlins
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

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4 Mar 2014

Remember the person you sat next to on your first day at school? Still your best friend? Or disappeared from your life for good?

Some friendships fizzle out. Rachel and Clara promised theirs would last for ever.

They met when Rachel was the new girl in class and Clara was the friend everyone wanted. Now in their late twenties Rachel has everything while Clara's life is spiralling further out of control. Then Clara vanishes.

Imagine discovering something about your oldest friend that forces you to question everything you've shared together. The truth is always there. But only if you choose to see it.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; MP3 Una edition (4 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480574570
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480574571
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

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Colette McBeth had the idea for her first novel Precious Thing in 1998. Instead of writing it she went to work for the BBC where she spent 10 years as TV reporter. In 2011 she enrolled on the Faber Academy Novel Writing course and completed Precious Thing in 2012. She lives in West London with her husband and three children.

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'Colette McBeth delivers twists and shocks with superb timing. An impressive debut' (The Times)

'An excellent storyteller... Precious Thing is more than deserving of a place on the modern thriller bookshelf' (Sunday Express)

'An interesting and original page-turner' (Literary Review)

'Precious Thing is one of my top five books of 2013. Truthfully, I would go on for hours about what I loved about this psychologically disturbing, thoroughly readable, cleverly written book' (

'A cleverly crafted tale... If you're a fan of Gone Girl, you'll love this' (Sunday Mirror)

'A great debut, menacing, gripping and full of twists and surprises... This is one of those incredibly compelling stories that simply drags you along, whether you like it or not. Highly recommended' ( --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A searing portrayal of a vivid bond of love - and hate - between friends The perfect psychological thriller debut for any fan of GONE GIRL --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A thin line between truth and lie 11 July 2013
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
For me, the test of a good book is one which reaches out, grabs you and does not let you go until you have finished reading. When I saw PRECIOUS THING listed on the latest Vine programme, I decided to order it because I was hoping for an easy, but engaging read. And, ultimately that is exactly what I found.

The story is narrated by Rachel. In her late twenties, she has become a successful career woman. Working as a journalist, she appears to have everything; a loving relationship, a nice flat and her work. But, when she attends a press conference to cover the story of a missing woman, she is shocked to find that the missing woman is her best friend. From there things start to fall apart, as she learns more and more truth behind a lifetime of lies.

McBeth's writing style is easy to become absorbed in. Although I will not claim that this book did not have some problems and parts of the story were easily guessed, you can't help but become tangled up with Rachel and what she has to say. Like many thrillers, one of the most recurring themes of the book is the question about how well any of us know those around us. Also, how do you define truth? Which version of events is the true version? So, although this is not exactly breaking new ground or highly original, at least McBeth manages to pull it off, the result being a story which keeps you intrigued.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, This One's Good 31 May 2014
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Not since reading Before I Go To Sleep have I had tingles of impatience to discover the story behind this sinister thriller. I started this book with no preconceptions and very quickly I was hooked into what turns out to be a very gripping chiller and deserves the hype of a bestseller.

I don't want to tell too much of the story because each revelation of information gives away tense moments earlier in the book but, very briefly, Rachel starts a new school and is instantly drawn to Clara. From then on they are inseparable best friends and go to great lengths - breaking each others wrists lengths ! - to help each other, keep secrets or just to be friends. The book is written in the present day with a few paragraphs or odd chapter drifting back to childhood to give depth and backgrounding to Rachel and Clara's close lives. Rachel is a successful crime reporter for a national news team when she attends a police conference for an update of a missing local woman. Rachel is shocked when the photo the police release is of her best friend Clara. Even more shocking is the disappearance of her lover Jonny who was last seen with Clara. None of it makes any sense to her but by the time the police have their suspicions of Rachel herself being involved with Clara's murder, Rachel is certain that Clara is alive and taunting her. What's the truth, was their relationship healthy, is there more to Clara or Rachel than meets the eye ?

Colette McBeth writes in a clever way of not so much twists in the book but revelations thrown in to alter the perspective of the story. What you thought you believed at the beginning of the book is not necessarily what you believe at the end. An excellent psychological story, can very much recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
The basic concept behind the plot is quite intriguing. Two women, Rachel and Clara who have known one another since school, have become embroiled in a disastrous type of obsessive relationship. Told primarily through the voice of Rachel, Clara is something of a shadowy presence, the first person narrative works well in that it allows the reader access to a great deal of information about the women and their 'friendship'.

There is a compelling mystery at the heart of the plot in which Rachel becomes implicated in Clara's murder and it's from here she has to prove her innocence if only for her own sake. As Rachel reaches back and re-examines her past it becomes clear nothing is as it once appeared and there's been a huge amount of deception. Just as Rachel begins to piece things together events around her spiral out of control until she has cause to wonder if she is in fact a victim and maybe, just maybe, there's a malevolent manipulator hiding in the shadows. But who?.

Quite a well balanced plot with some decent twists and turns and certainly a novel that's easy to read however; it's just a little bit lightweight for a subject so dark. I enjoyed the intrigue and thought the building sense of claustrophobia around Rachel's plight well evoked but I found myself drifting in and out due to the lack of plot tension and slow pace.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great debut 14 Oct 2013
By Carol
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is a gripping read. I won't say too much about the plot as part of the pleasure of the book is to watch the twists and turns unfold. It is well written and McBeth has an easy, readable style. Some of the criticisms of it are valid (for example some of the characterisation is a bit shallow and there is too much description of the weather as a mood indicator) but for a first novel I think it's a great achievement. If I could write something this good for my debut I'd be very pleased. I live in Brighton so particularly enjoyed the local setting. Think Peter James meets Gone Girl and you get a flavour of the pace and tone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true page turner 28 Aug 2013
This is a real psychological thriller, which I consumed in two big bites. It reveals the truth drip by tortuous drip and at the end you are left doubting all the beliefs you had held throughout the story. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
A good read. Many thanks for the prompt service
Published 3 days ago by Jo Hatfield
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
This is a good, and very readable book. It has twists and turns that are really unexpected and took me by surprise! It is all a little bit sinister and keeps you on your toes. Read more
Published 17 days ago by NRCM
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book so much
I loved this book so much! It captured me from the opening pages. The twists and turns are unique and shocking. What a fabulous plot and so inventive. Read more
Published 20 days ago by kehs
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you guessing
Really enjoyable book
Published 23 days ago by caroline petherick-moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Accomplished thriller
I don't know about you, but I'm getting a little tired of seeing books compared with Gone Girl - I haven't read it, and already don't like it because it seems to be being used as a... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Welsh Annie
3.0 out of 5 stars A Twist Too Far
I loved a lot of the descriptive writing in this novel but I didn't like the author's decision to address the novel to another character ('you walked into the room') which became... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Spenner
5.0 out of 5 stars Shockingly Addictive
Thank you to Colette who very kindly sent me a signed copy of her chilling debut. I didn’t know a lot about Precious Thing but I’d heard a lot of book bloggers talking about it... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Emma Louise
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent story-line which kept me guessing to the very last page....
Precious Thing written by Colette McBeth for me was a great read mainly for the great writing which kept me guessing to the very last page of what the outcome was going to be. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Petra "I love to read"
5.0 out of 5 stars A sinister thriller that will keep you tangled in it's web!
The story revolves around the two protagonists: Rachel and Clara. Two girls who became best-friends when they were young and now in their late-twenties have drifted apart as far as... Read more
Published 1 month ago by simran
4.0 out of 5 stars A compelling psychological read that doesn't quite pan out.
Rachel is frantic with worry. Her best friend, Clara, disappeared last Friday after missing their scheduled meet up. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Cleopatra
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